Columbus Crew SC are rumored to be very close to signing German International star, Miroslav Klose. No official confirmation has surfaced yet, but what seemed like a silly rumor a few weeks ago, has continued to build steam and looks to be close to coming true.
“It is a fact that I have received two excellent offers from the USA for Major League Soccer clubs” states Klose in a recent interview with Bild.
As soon as these rumors started spilling out on Twitter and NBC Sports, many fans thought the idea was terrific, but knew that if anything happened, Columbus probably would not get him. MLS has already been called upon for their “shady” deals with Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones and several others over the past few seasons. As much as Crew fans want a big time star in Columbus, MLS might have different ideas.
Klose retired from International soccer after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During this past World Cup, Klose tallied two goals during his three starts for the Germans. He is now the all-time leading scorer in World Cup history.
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Columbus shocked MLS last season by claiming the third spot in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, the Crew lost during the Conference Semi-Finals by a combined score of 7-4 to the New England Revolution. The Crew gave the Revolution a tough test but their defense and inconsistent offense let them down.
With Klose possibly coming to MLS, it makes sense that he would be a short-term fix for a team looking to make a run at MLS Cup. Columbus boasts a young roster with talented players that could benefit greatly from having a player like Klose on their team.
The Crew just resigned Federico Higuain to a multi-year Designated Player contract and adding Klose to that mix would give a dangerous combination for the Crew. Looking at players like Aaron Schoenfield, Wil Trapp and Ethan Finlay, these three could also help contribute to Klose and make sure he has consistent balls swung into the middle for him.
Aside from Columbus, teams like the Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, Portland Timbers and a few others could also use a short term fix that Klose could offer.
Klose plays for Serie A club Lazio now and has just three goals and three assists through 16 games this season. It is obvious that his career is coming to a close, but he could still provide a much-needed spark for several teams in MLS. When the World Cup all-time leading scorer is considering a move to MLS, it certainly turns heads.
Time will tell if Klose makes the move to MLS, but if he does, Columbus hopes to be the front runner for his services. The only question though, is whether or not the league actually lets Columbus sign him or will he get shipped off to a bigger market team?